The Village Green in Winchmore Hill

WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS REVIEW OF THE SEASON 2019

The first summer of the newly constituted Tigers has come to an end, amazingly without a game being cancelled by bad weather! The Tigers’ fixture schedule had replaced Winchmore Hill’s Sunday ‘friendly’ or ‘club’ fixtures, which had tended to be somewhat random, often mismatched or cancelled and usually against recognised cricket clubs which played league matches on Saturdays. Continue reading “The Village Green in Winchmore Hill”

Preparing for Brexit

Saturday 28 September 2019    Highgate CC

RAILWAY TAVERNERS  199-7 (Reilly 68*)

WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS  200-7  (Ward 80, Stoneham 3-53)

There is something intrinsically sad about the end of a cricket season, with no more Sundays on the green to look forward to. What will we all do for the next six months? A season that began on a chilly March day at Merchant Taylors’ school watching Middlesex play Oxford University ended at a damp Highgate on the last weekend of September. Continue reading “Preparing for Brexit”

Bumps in the road

Old Minchendenians, Southgate    Sunday 22 September 2019
FIVES CC  164 all out  (Dane 3-22)
WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS 73 all out (Suri 3-6, Meet 3-25)

The Tigers crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season on a gloomy Sunday, bowled out in less than 22 overs on a pig of a wicket (their previous lowest total in 2019 being 140-4 in a successful run chase).

Things began to go wrong from the start, with late withdrawals and no-shows. Steve Bignell had to be drafted in. along with Campbell Lloyd-Barnes (having previously dropped out following his previous day’s football injury). Continue reading “Bumps in the road”

Playing out from the back

Sunday 15 September 2019    Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill
GRACES CC  233-9 (Kosala 88, Mahender 61, Gautam 3-37, Webster 3-37)
WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS  219 all out (Ward 56)

The curtain came down Sunday on another season of cricket at Winchmore Hill, with an entertaining double-header on a hot autumn day, the Tigers just failing to chase down another big total for the third week running. Continue reading “Playing out from the back”

Campbell’s Kingdom

MAYFIELD CC 217-7 (Kazi 66, Sondh 53, Lloyd-Barnes 3-45)
WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS 219-5 (Wright 77*, Warren 47, Greenham 40)

The Tigers continued their recent good form with another successful run chase against local rivals Mayfield. The previous Sunday they hunted down almost 200 against the Gents Continue reading “Campbell’s Kingdom”

Derby Day Dichotomy

GENTLEMEN OF WEST LONDON 198-9 (Gulati 52, Warren 3-41)
WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS 199-7 (Greenham 43, Krishna 3-22)

The Tiger batsmen produced a superb final quarter to gain their first ever victory over The Gents on ‘derby’ weekend, scoring 150 from their last 20 overs batted thanks to a fine all-round team effort.

The previous day, on the same pitch, the Winchmore Hill 1st eleven contrived to lose to bitter struggling local rivals Enfield by 10 wickets – quite an achievement in a limited overs game, thereby condemning Gents prospective landlords Wycombe House to relegation. Earlier on Sunday, at the Toytown League match in Glasgow, religious bigots confronted each other either side of a football pitch, and later that afternoon Premier League also-rans Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur slugged it out a few miles away in Highbury. Continue reading “Derby Day Dichotomy”

No Miracle at the Walker Ground

Sunday 25 August 2019  Walker Ground, Southgate
13 TIGERS OF WINCHMORE HILL 164 (Geensen 5-33)
PATRONS OF THE RAILWAY TAVERN, CROUCH END XIII 165-6 (Skinner 69*, Geensen 48)

An unscheduled Bank Holiday fixture occurred at the famous old Walker Ground in Southgate on Sunday, where the Tigermen of Winchmore Hill were hosted by the renown Taverners of Crouch End in a thirteen men-a-side contest, played out in temperatures of over 90 degrees. Continue reading “No Miracle at the Walker Ground”

Careless batting costs wickets

Sunday 11 August 2019    Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill

WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS  183-8 (Patel 36*, Byrne 3-18)

PLASTICS XI 186-2 (Bishop 75*, Webster 61*)

The Tigers fell to their heaviest defeat of the season against new opponents Plastics XI from south-west London, beaten by 8 wickets with 9 overs to spare, after failing to build on their excellent batting form of the previous week on the same square.

Predictions for this contest were sketchy – the only guide being that the visitors had previously lost in 2019 to regular Tiger opponents The Gentlemen of West London and Railway Taverners. They were punctual, personable and resplendent in their pink caps and numbered shirts, with plenty of vibrant pre-match practice.

However, early perceptions can be deceptive; described on their own website as ‘weak-weak’ (the Tigers’ teeth should have been too long to fall for that!) the Plastics team were young and fit, fielded brilliantly, took all their big catches, bowled well and dominated most of the game. The Tigers struggled against an almost impenetrable ring and a well stretched, slow outfield, having made five changes from the previous week, with Ravi Sondh and Samit Patel (on loan from Mayfield) and veteran ‘keeper Phil Parr making their first appearances of 2019, bringing this year’s roster up to 46. Chris Wright took over as captain with Matt Webster away surfing in Cornwall.

The Tiger innings got off to another poor start (48-4 after 14 overs), the carelessness of the early batsmen having to be bailed out once more by the lower-middle order. All eight batsmen dismissed were caught (in fact all ten wickets on the day fell to catches). Only Chris Wright can consider himself unlucky, his mighty hit to the longest boundary looking a certain six before being held up in the wind and reeled in by long-on; the others batters just lost patience or didn’t show any at all.

The innings recovery centered around Ali Sikander (31) and a brave knock from Emile Nawagamuwa (24), the latter having spent the previous afternoon in A & E following a nasty blow to the face batting for Winchmore Hill 3rd XI, but the best partnership came for the eighth wicket (49 in the last 9 overs) between Samit Patel (top-scoring at No.9) and Jack Goodrich (13), the only batsman to show any real composure. The final total of 183 looked reasonable in the circumstances.

Any demons their might have been in the wicket seemed to have disappeared by the time Tigers came to bowl. None of the seven bowlers used could make any inroads, with only Ravi Sondh (1 for 27 in his 8 overs) putting any brake on the Plastics’ batsmen, all the rest going for more than a run a ball. The same pitch had seen almost 100 overs the day before and was dying rapidly. Anderson was unlucky to be given out caught behind (sadly no VAR available), but Bishop and Webster put together an unbeaten stand of 94 as the visitors coasted home with plenty to spare, one mighty blow clearing the trees and crashing into someone’s car! Ooops! A heavy downpour came too late to rescue the Tigers on this occasion.

 

 

 

Dominant Tigers smash records

Sunday 4th August 2019   Paulin Ground, Winchmore Hill
WEALDSTONE CORINTHIANS  242-7 (A. Shah 62*, Wakling 62, M. Webster 2-32)
WINCHMORE HILL TIGERS 342-4 (Blundell 100*, J. Webster 83, Nawagamuwa 81*, Ward 50)

Guest contributor and occasional runsmith Emile Nawagamuwa writes

It is the opening weekend of the Ashes and there are high hopes for what could be the England cricket teams golden summer. At the Paulin Ground the Tigers are chomping at the bit Continue reading “Dominant Tigers smash records”

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